Female foeticide is a major social evil that has plagued the major states of the country but for long this problem has been serious in Haryana. Almost all of the state prefers boys and the girl child is considered to be a liability which is reflected in its skewed sex ratio. In 2011 census, Haryana had the worst sex ratio (830), while Punjab was second (842). However, of late winds of change have starting blowing across the state due to state government’s efforts and some marginal improvement has been witnessed in this regard.
Remember Haryana’s Phogat sisters (Geeta, Babita) and their father Manvir Singh Phogat? You must have seen their inspiring tale on the silver screen in the form of Dangal. These sisters show us the ‘other’ face of Haryana.
In another story of inspiration, three more sisters from Haryana have made the state proud by joining the Indian Army.
Preeti and Deepti Deshwal, and their cousin Mamta had joined the Indian Army Medical Corps as lieutenants! These sisters come from Kherka Gujjar village in Jhajjar.
Till now no one in the Deshwal family has joined the Army.
The trio got selected to Armed Forces Medical College in 2012, but went to different campuses. While Preeti was trained in Kolkata, Deepti in Mumbai, and Mamta went to Pune. After their graduation this year, they had been commissioned to different military hospitals across the country.
Clearly, such families are setting a perfect example for all those who think that a girl child is a curse. If India has to evolve into a modern nation state, there has to be a sea change in its attitude towards women.